LILLEY: Trudeau recycles old health-care promise

HAMILTON — It’s just 11 cents a day, or $3.35 a month. For that little money, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau says he can guarantee you a family doctor, improve mental health care coverage and bring in a national pharmacare strategy.

Trudeau made his announcement in Hamilton on Monday morning flanked by doctors and other health professionals who were smiling and nodding along. I wonder if they knew they were being used as props.

We could easily dismiss the Liberal promise as something they offered Canadians in 2015 but didn’t deliver on.

“We will make home care more available, prescription drugs more affordable, and mental health care more accessible,” the 2015 Liberal platform reads.

None of that happened.

Nor did they deliver on a promise in the 2004 election to have a national pharmacare agreement with the provinces in place by 2006

In 1997, the Liberals had also promised a national pharmacare plan, but despite winning a majority, didn’t move on it at all.

Yet, despite all the broken promises on this front, the biggest joke in Trudeau’s proposal is what he is promising to accomplish with so little money.

The Liberals are promising to spend $6 billion across the whole country over the next four years. That works out to $40 a year for every man, woman and child.

Do you really think you can accomplish all of what Trudeau is promising with $40 per person, per year?

To put this into a little perspective, a 2017 study on national pharmacare estimated that a fully national system would cost $23.7 billion a year by 2020-21. That’s next year.

Ontario alone spent $4.6 billion on a drug benefits program that only covers certain people. Yet, for an average of $1.5 billion a year, Trudeau’s Liberals want you to believe that they are going to give you drug coverage, expanded mental health services and better access to a family doctor.

The Liberal promise is so vague, so lacking in details that it seems to be half-baked. Surprising given that they’ve known the date of the election for four years and should be able to provide more information rather than general promises.

So far, the Liberals are the only one of the big three parties not having their promises costed out by the Parliamentary Budget Office.

But in making the promise when he did and where he did, Trudeau made one thing clear: The Liberals believe that the best way to get the focus off of his blackface antics is to keep campaigning against Ontario Premier Doug